'America's Got Talent' Season 17: Avery Dixon bags golden buzzer, fans say 'bullies can go rot'

Avery Dixon's touching story and phenomenal skill won over the judges and fans


                            'America's Got Talent' Season 17: Avery Dixon bags golden buzzer, fans say 'bullies can go rot'
Avery Dixon on 'America's Got Talent' (Trae Patton,NBC)
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When it comes to the performances on 'America's Got Talent', skill is certainly important. But it's not the only thing that makes a winner -- it takes passion too. And sometimes, passion is born out of pain. The moment Avery Dixon took to the stage, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara were quick to note that his outfit was their favourite of the night. But, little did they know that they were in for a wave of emotions. Dixon, who is 21 years old and from Atlanta, Georgia, proceeded to move the judges with his story.

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As he explained, he was bullied all through elementary school, seeing that he looked and sounded different. His peers called him names like 'hammerhead' and 'frog' due to the knots on his head on account of being born prematurely. Surrounded by constant negativity, Dixon ended up in a very dark place and contemplated suicide. However, around this time was when he learned how to play the saxophone and it changed his life. He explained that if he won the show, he'd use the money to get his mother and brother a place where they can be as loud as they wanted, seeing that at his current place, it was an issue. Someone even called the cops on him before he could fly out for the show because he was practicing his art. For Dixon, his goal was clear -- he wanted to do what he loves and if he could, he would have found his purpose to be on the 'AGT' stage. Simon Cowell encouraged him to be as loud as he wanted, while Heidi and Sofia worried that he was nervous. However, the second Dixon began playing, all doubt flew out the window, as the Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara and Heidi Klum were on their feet dancing, as were the studio audience.

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The air was electrifying and the judges adored his performance, with Heidi Klum stating that he plays with his heart. Simon Cowell even told him that this was his destiny. When it came to voting, Cowell barely got one 'yes' in, before Terry Crews came on stage and stated that he was Dixon's 'big brother', he had his back and proceeded to hit the much-deserved golden buzzer. 

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Fans were in awe of Dixon just as the judges were. "Yassssssssssss he got his confidence back...am proud of this kid...the bullies will be watching him on TV be great...#AGT #AGTPremiere . Gosh he made me cry with his story. Avery Well done." tweeted a fan. "@averydixononsax heard the soul in your playing! Well done! #AGT" said another. "Oh my gosh Terry hit the Golden Buzzer on Avery. Hearing his story was inspirational and it gave me a the is the key #AGT" added a fan. "Avery is so special. Those bullies can go rot. I hope those bullies are eating their words tonight. Made me cry #agt" said a fan. "All of America is crying right now!!! #AveryDixon #win #AGT #StopBullyiing Avery is AWESOME!!!! #NOTADRYEYE" added a fan. "I’m in tears! Kids can be so mean to others who are different than them for absolutely no reason. It’s pure jealousy! He is such a talented saxophonist! I’m so glad @terrycrews gave him his golden buzzer! He deserves this! #AGT #GoldenBuzzer @AGT" noted a fan. 

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'America's Got Talent' Season 17 premieres on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at 8 pm on NBC. Following the show's premiere, you can catch all-new episodes every Tuesday at 8 pm ET/PT. For viewers who wish to tune in to the show without cable, they can do so using any of the following streaming services: Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, AT&T TV or YouTube TV. 

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